Stimulating research interest and ambitions in undergraduate nursing students: The research-doctorate pipeline initiative

Carolyn R. Smith, Donna S. Martsolf, Claire Burke Draucker, Donna Z. Shambley-Ebron, Tracy J. Pritchard, Jeffrey Maler

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Background: Innovative strategies may support the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to increase the number of doctorally prepared nurses by 50% by 2020. Moreover, strategies implemented may increase the number and diversity of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-prepared nurses in particular. Method: The purpose of this article is to describe the approaches used by one college of nursing to enact a research-doctorate pipeline initiative to inspire a diverse pool of undergraduate students to consider pursuing a PhD degree. Principles that served as the foundation for this pipeline initiative are identified. Results: Sixteen undergraduate students, with varying degrees of research interest, participated in this initiative. Students contributed an average of 35 hours as full members of research teams, and 94% completed the experience. Students with initial low interest in research reported enhanced interest after participation. Overall student experiences were positive and influenced future career plans. Conclusion: Lessons learned and future steps for the pipeline initiative are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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